07 March 2012

Ione Mary Brand

Ione Brand aged 16 (1936) in Cape Town
My grandmother on my father's side was known as "Ione Mary Brand" and was this was how her marriage certificate and death certificate lists her names.  Ione was born on 01 November 1920 and baptised on 05 November 1920. Ione worked at the Cape Times (a newspaper based in Cape Town, South Africa) until she got married to Pieter Johannes De Buys on 14 May 1939 at St Mary's Cathedral, Cape Town.  Ione died on 08 December 1986.

Her parents were Fleetwood Reginald Louis Felix Brand (died 10 May 1962) and Margaretha (Marguerite) Johanna Basson (born 29 April 1888, died in 1961 of at stroke at home, which was 26 Cauvin Road, District Six, Cape Town, South Africa)

Johanna's baptism record
I recently, however, found her baptism record and was quite surprised when I found that it listed her as "Johanna Elizabeth Brand".

Does anyone know of any reason why Ione changed her names and/or when she changed them?

13 February 2012

Jerusalem-Gangers: From the Cape to Jerusalem

The river which the Jerusalem-ganagers believed was the Nile

The first white settler in the Marico was Coenraad De Buys who arrived in the area in about 1815. Other settlers started moving into the region from 1844 onwards. One particular group found around the 1850's, living in the Enzelsberg, became known as the Jerusalem-gangers.

They were visited by Rev Andrew Murray, a well travelled Dutch Reformed Minister, at the time and engaged in fierce theological dispute with him.  The group concluded that he must be the antichrist and Rev Murray barely escapes being stoned.

Their spokesman, Jan Adam Enslin elected to lead the group to Jerusalem.  Jan was born on the 17th of June 1800 and died in 1852 during a malaria outbreak.  Jan's parents were Johann Adam Enslin (born 26 Jul 1772, died 18 Sep 1812, Paarl) and Maria Magdalena Ackerman. Johan Adam married Cornelia Aletta Viljoen and had 3 children.

Their objective was to find the source of the Nile after which it should be child's play to get to Egypt, and from there reach the promised land with the aid of the maps at the back of their Bibles. Enslin, it seems, died of fever before the pilgrimage had commenced.

Undeterred however, they set off, believing steadfastly that if they travelled long and far enough, they would find the Holy Land and a pyramid-shaped hill nearby strengthened their conviction that they had crossed Africa and reached Egypt.  They found a north-flowing river and, believing it was the Nile, christened it the Eye of the Nile, which is close to present day Nylstroom. The river was known to the locals as Mokgalakwena ('fierce crocodile').  The village of Nylstroom was laid out on a farm in February 1866. Today the town of Nylstroom has been renamed Modimolle after the prominent hill close by which the locals regard as their holy mountain (Modimolle meaning ‘god has devoured’). It is believed that they did not get beyond the Waterberg area.

Groot Marico
North West History: Jan Adam Enslin
Image source: http://www.places.co.za/html/nylstroom.html